Geoffrey Arend, the new hubby of Mad Men star Christina Hendricks, is mad for gadgets.
Hendricks said Arend, whom she married in October 2009, has tricked out their Los Angeles home with technology that “blows her mind.”
“The house is rigged,” the voluptuous redhead told PEOPLE Thursday at Ann Taylor’s 2010 Fall Fashion collection showing in the lobby of New York’s Ace Hotel. “He’s got a projector in the guest room with the screen that comes down. We watch movies in bed.
“And everything is wireless,” Hendricks, 34, added. “If he goes out of town, I’m in trouble, because I don’t know how everything works.”
But Arend, 32, who played the sidekick pal in (500) Days of Summer, already has a backup plan for his tech-averse wife. “We’ve got a projector set up with streaming video,” he says. “I have this remote control. All you have to do is press the help button and it fixes everything automatically.”
Even with all their newfangled technology, the couple has some old-fashioned views of romance. “I was just thinking the other day, ‘Oh gosh, I just want to go home and read a book in bed next to my husband,’ ” Hendricks said. “And sleep … Oh, I get to do that every day until I die. It’s a nice feeling.”
Added Arend: “Having the ring on my finger it makes me realize this is the person I’ve chosen for the rest of my life. So everything that was a small little problem that could have turned into a fight, just sort of disappeared. We’re both very happy.”
After three seasons, “Mad Men,” the television series about advertising in the 1960s, has attained a level of popular-culture cachet. There have been magazine cover articles, calendars and an episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” all devoted to it, spoofs on “The Simpsons” and “Saturday Night Live,” and even a “Mad Men” category on “Jeopardy.”
Soon, the show will enter a realm of the pop-culture pantheon that its creator, Matthew Weiner, says has surprised even him: Mattel plans to bring out versions of Barbie and Ken styled after four “Mad Men” characters.
The dolls are part of a premium-price collectors’ series for adults that Mattel calls the Barbie Fashion Model Collection. Although there have been Barbies and Kens based on other TV series, among them “I Love Lucy” and “The X-Files,” the dolls will be the first licensed line for that collection, Mattel says, with a suggested retail price of $74.95 each.
Mattel is licensing rights to the characters from Lionsgate, the studio that produces “Mad Men” for the AMC cable channel. There will be 7,000 to 10,000 copies of each doll, to be sold in specialty stores and on two Web sites, amctv.com and barbiecollector.com.
The characters to become dolls are Don Draper, the show’s leading man; his wife, Betty; his colleague at the Sterling Cooper agency, Roger Sterling; and Joan Holloway, the agency’s office manager who was Roger’s mistress.
That two dolls represent a relationship outside wedlock, and Don Draper’s propensity for adultery, may be firsts for the Barbie world since the brand’s introduction five decades ago. But for the sake of the Barbie image, her immersion in the “Mad Men” era will go only so far: The dolls come with period accessories like hats, overcoats, pearls and padded undergarments, but no cigarettes, ashtrays, martini glasses or cocktail shakers.
While she didn’t attend the actual Oscars, Christina did show up on the red carpet for Elton John’s 18th Annual AIDS Foundation Oscar Party looking absolutely beautiful. 19 HQ and 4 MQ have been added to the gallery, so go have a look!
Public Appearances > Appearances from 2010 > March 7: 18th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party – Arrivals
I’ve added two new to us, but older photo shoots to the gallery in MQ.
Christina Hendricks looked lovely as she attended the Kimberly Brooks’ “The Stylist Project” exhibition hosted by Vanity Fair and Dior held at LeadAPRON on March 1, in Los Angeles, California. Christina was there with her husband, fellow actor Geoffrey Arend.
Public Appearances > Appearances from 2010 > March 1: Kimberly Brooks’ “The Stylist Project” Exhibition – Arrivals
Public Appearances > Appearances from 2010 > March 1: Kimberly Brooks’ “The Stylist Project” Exhibition – Inside
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Christina Hendricks looked gorgeous as usual last night (February 19) as she attended the World Premiere Of Cirque Du Soleil’s Viva ELVIS at the Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the reception Christina meeted ex co-star Taye Diggs.
EDIT: Added more pictures from the arrivals.
Public Appearances > Appearances from 2010 > February 19: World Premiere Of Cirque Du Soleil’s Viva ELVIS – Arrivals
Public Appearances > Appearances from 2010 > February 19: World Premiere Of Cirque Du Soleil’s Viva ELVIS – Reception
The Mad Men star, 34, makes no secret that this world is new to her.
“This is my first show ever,” she says as AnnaLynne McCord, Bethenny Frankel, Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Erin Lucas take their seats. “I’ve been in them, but I’ve never been in the audience.”
For Christina, style has become second nature thanks to Mad Men’s costume department.
“I’ve learned about tailoring, tailoring, tailoring,” she says. “I don’t think I ever walk into a shop anymore and think, ‘Oh, I love it, I wish it fit.’ I think, ‘Oh, I love it. Let me go make it fit.’ Jeans I don’t generally have to tailor, but I have to oftentimes with tops because I’m a bit curvy.”
She adds, “I’ve learned what’s flattering on me and what works for me.”